Happy Sunday! I’m here with a weekend dose of reading that includes some of my favorite links from around the internet this week + some can’t miss shopping & sales. My Weekend Reads, No.156 features an inside look at the world of Nancy Meyers, the most gorgeous Charleston home renovation and design, the new shoe your closet can’t live without, a guide to visiting London with kids, the most organized thing I’ve ever seen + a wonderful way to preserve memories, the spring collection I love the most so far (+ my top picks), how the New York elites of Feud: Capote vs. the Swans actually lived, my favorite kids pool/beach item on sale, a look at how Instagram makes or breaks small businesses, and more. Before we dive into all the wonderful links, some musings from the week…
Lately, I feel like we’ve been in the throws of serious toddlerhood with Rowan. He will be 3 and a half in March, so it all tracks. Toddlerhood is such a seesaw – we teeter between the most heartwarming, delicious, wonderful moments and moments of me wanting to step into a dark room alone and take deep breaths. I honestly think these feelings are mutual between parents and toddlers. They are developing so fast that they oftentimes need help regulating and a dark, quiet room helps them too. We are fortunate that tantrums happen but aren’t a regular part of our days with Rowan but my does he test us constantly with listening. I keep thinking that I am flabbergasted by the phrase “the terrible twos.” I found two years of age, for Rowan, to be really wonderful. It wasn’t terrible by a long shot.
Two was absolutely nothing compared to three. Three is a whole other ball game. I’ve chatted with so many parents who agree that the age of three is much more challenging than the age of two. There seems to be a general consensus that four and five are really magical ages so maybe that is the delight at the end of the dramatic toddler road? Sometimes, Edwin and I have to remind ourselves of the types of parents we want to be when we both feel it slipping for us, along with our patience. We routinely have check-in conversations about what parenting strategies are working, what aren’t working, and how we can support each other. It feels like a time when a lot of support is necessary.
I’d love to hear any strategies for promoting listening that y’all might have. I remind myself that Rowan is three but I also remind myself that behaviors at even such a young age can shape who a child and a person becomes. Anyone else in this camp? Motherhood (and parenthood in general) really is the most fulfilling + rewarding + emotionally challenging endeavor. I’m so thankful it is part of me! I might take a nap this weekend though.
Weekend Reads, No.156
1. Which house and lifestyle would you choose – the most gorgeous Kensington house in London or the dreamy Napa vineyard villa in California? Nancy creates the most beautiful worlds. (financialtimes.com)
2. I have hardly experienced France outside of Paris, a fact I’d love to change in my life. This guide to Avignon is giving me major wanderlust! The picturesque Provence city is the home to a hotel that has been at the top of my travel bucket list for forever. (travelandleisure.com)
3. My girlfriend, Chassity, shared her 9 most favorite books from 2023. I’ve read about half of them so I need to chip away at the other half! (looklingerlove.com)
4. I’ve been following along with this house renovation/restoration on Instagram and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since it was published by AD this week… the most gorgeous downtown Charleston home! Basic Projects did the most stunning job. (architecturaldigest.com)
5. I love this short but sweet interview with my lovely friend Tory about her highly curated business of beautifully crafted homewares pieces, Berner & Co. I like her honesty about the obstacles she’s overcome since launching her business. (voyagela.com)
6. A guide to visiting London with kids. Yes please! Dying to take my boys to England. (onefinestay.com)
7. The wedding cake from this Venice wedding stopped me in my tracks. It is a meter-wide! Augusta is so talented.
8. A huge congratulations is in order for my girlfriend Becky Nielsen on her new site launch! The best part – that you need to know about!!! – is that you can now book a one-on-one consultation with Becky for your house projects. So major. (beckynielseninteriors.com)
9. How Instagram makes or breaks small homeware businesses. (hiouseandgarden.co.uk)
10. This is the most incredibly organized thing I have ever seen and such an exceptional way to preserve memories for the next generation. I’m so impressed with my dear friend Monica for creating this!
11. How the New York elites of Feud: Capote vs. the Swans really lived. (architecturaldigest.com)
Shopping & Sales
1. In my Amazon cart: this protector spray for suede and leather shoes and purses. Apparently it works like a charm.
2. My girlfriend is launching a new company that I’m extremely excited about – Woda Bag! The Woda bag evolved from the need to be hands free and hosed down while on the beach. It was designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind and it is non-toxic and mold resistant, aka it’s meant to be used for all of your greatest experiences.
3. I’ve been a devotee to Kate McLeod’s body stones since my bestie, Nora, gifted me one during my first pregnancy a few years ago. No surprise then that I’m in love with this heart shaped body stone. It’s a sensational gift too. (P.S. I saw the other day that my girlfriend Grace Atwood has a code for Kate McLeod – GRACE20 for 20% off)
4. Attention! Margaux just launched two new shoes – the ‘Demi Jane‘ and the ‘Cluny Slingback‘. The Demi Jane is a little slice of feminine perfection, if you ask me, and they look so comfortable. I love them in ‘Ecru’ (the slingback is fantastic too). These are the splurge version of the shoes but I think the Margaux ones are just as chic.
5. How beautiful is this Fanm Mon dress designed exclusively for Dillards?
7. Tons more vacation ready picks here.
8. Jenni Kayne is having one of her rare sales and offering 20% off sitewide through 2/14 with code VALENTINE. My most favorite Jenni Kayne piece is her cashmere fisherman sweater. It might be the most perfect sweater I own. I have it in 3 colors and wear it year round.
10. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness Hunter Bell’s Spring 2024 collection is out of this world good. I love the brand but this collection is so unexpectedly fun that I can’t get over it. My top picks from the collection (beware there are a handful!): wildflower print dress (my #1!), stripe foster dress, dandelion yellow dress (my 2nd fave!), lemon print top, and this eyelet skirt and coordinating top.
12. My favorite item for my kids at the pool and the beach is this kids cover up. It’s on sale now so grab it before spring break!
With Love from JE.com
1. 10 Valentine’s Day table setting ideas + some beautiful items to freshen up your tablescapes this spring.
2. A Getaway Guide to Litchfield County, Connecticut (yes, it includes the exact antique stores I recommend!).
3. Valentine’s Day with kids gift guide – this gift guide includes gifts for women and littles.
4. Last week’s Weekend Reads: an interview with one of Charleston’s best interior designers, the new über designed place to stay in Palm Beach, Ina Garten’s divine looking breakfast cake, a wonderful ranked book roundup divided by genre, the lip oil that sold out instantly, 20% off our blue and white scalloped bedding, an aphrodisiac for your smoothies, a glimpse into the private homes and gardens of Charleston during this festival, healthy weeknight dinners, and much more.
5. Weekend mornings at home with my boys.
6. Snowy Central Park BUT I’m ready for spring!